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Virginia Law Enforcement Increases DUI Checkpoints for Holiday Time

Posted on Dec 25, 2010
During the holiday season, the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, is one of the most dangerous times to be driving. As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates, drunk driving is at its highest during the holiday period.

NHTSA reports that 753 people were killed in drunk driving accidents last December alone. While the national statistics for drunk driving deaths decreased last year, Loudoun County’s statistics regarding alcohol-related traffic fatalities increased. Both fatalities and injuries reported in 2009 for Loudoun County showed an increase in Virginia drunk driving crashes. There were 142 injuries resulting from alcohol-related accidents last year in this county alone, and over 300 fatalities due to drunk driving crashes in the State of Virginia.

In 2009, police in Loudoun County made a DUI arrest at least once every eleven hours. In addition, Leesburg Police arrested six people for driving under the influence the Friday before Thanksgiving at a DUI checkpoint.

There will be law enforcement officials out in full force between Christmas and New Year’s. Remember, to ensure your safety as well as that of other drivers around you. Make sure to arrange for a designated driver if you are planning on attending a holiday party and drinking. Also, if you are planning a party or hosting one this year, make sure your guests take a taxicab home or have designated drivers available. In addition, stop serving alcohol at least one hour before guests leave to go home.

Both local and state law enforcement will be enforcing DUI laws this season, as Virginia does have a Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign during this holiday season. Buckle up and don’t let your loved ones drive drunk.

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